Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1992   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
The once strongest beer in the world is back ! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlsschen-Hrlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10458) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver that I have been aging. Coppery pour with little head. Big aroma of figgy fruit, cherry, brown sugar, cabernet, cognac, caramel, even a but of cheddar cheese and sausage. The palate is pretty hot, with a plethora of flavors present, iincluding the big figgy fruity, cherry, raisin, caramel, honey, and a tad of oaky funky flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - AUG 26, 2006
Never drank anything like this before - so strong without any unpleasant alcohol notes, so full flavoured. Dark amber clolour, thick medium head. Strong flavour with many noes - honey, fruity, slight alcohol. Not too sweet, incredibly full bodied. Despite the 14% st ill very smooth - incredible. Great beer, amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2006
Bottled 2005. Golden amber, with no head. Intense honey and alcohol aroma. What is this? Beer or sweet sherry? The taste is sweet, almost cloying, like a Bristol Cream. An interesting experience, but not to be enjoyed too often. Whoooo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
[2003, shared with DarkMagus] Pours a dark amber color, with no head at all. Looks almost slick and oily in the glass. Aroma is funky: bruised, mushy apples, alcohol and other fruits. Apricots, plenty of malts as well as caramelized sugar make up most of the flavors. Alcohol is quite strong, but still seems balanced within all these sweet, complex flavors. Very smooth burn towards the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Rating the 05 vintage. Not sure how Id rate this as a dopplebock, since this really pales in comparison to my favorite dopplebock (Celebrator). It is an interesting beer with notes of raisins, black cherries, a strong alcohol presence and a nice finish. Probably excellent aged a few years, this could get bumped up a few notches with a little age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2006
2005 had in 2005 Bright amber colour with a light white fizz around the edges of the glass. The nose if fruity with hints of apple, light tin and alcoholic raspberry. The body is thick, sweet and malty. Light iron pervades the middle with a further splash of fruit. Way too young and thin, would take many years for this beer to become enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deltamarik (50) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Extremely strong aroma and taste. victory says the aftertaste is of Manischewitz. As bad as that may sound, the beer itself is pretty good. fairly dark. Not an easy one to get through, between the strength of the taste/aroma and the alcohol content, but worth it if youre up for it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
I myself didnt care at all for this beer. Poured like a amber water, very little bubble action or head. Smelled like a wine that comes in a plastic bag. I took one drink and could barely get it down. It tasted like pure flat soda syrup. I will not taste or smell this beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours amber, no head. Aroma is slightly citrus, with much maltiness. Flavor is licorice, caramel, an alcohol. Hides alcohol decently well. Pretty decent beer, only 10+% lager Ive ever had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a syrup- caramel color. Aroma wasnt very apparent but spice was the only thing I could get out of it. The taste was really syrup like to me with little to no activity and it was slightly hop flavored with a lot of spice. I didnt enjoy this one at all and I wouldnt buy it again.

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